Reindeer's Revolt - Ridgeway Brewing

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Ratings: 131
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 14.03%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 1
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United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Strong Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: jdhilt on 11-15-2007

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Reviews by acrawf6:
Photo of acrawf6
3.95/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a rich orange amber with just a little haze to it, and a dense slightly tan head.

Smell. Nice combination of apples and some caramel. The sweetness is strong, but not overbearing. Has a bit of a creaminess to it as well, and with the sweetness, it kinda reminds me of a tripel.

Taste. Some apple fruitiness comes through. The sweetness dies down, but is still present. It has a little bit of a spicy bite to it- a little bit of pepper, cinnamon, and all spice come to mind. Aftertaste bitters up some with just a slight puckering to it, but not bad. After a few seconds i get some yeasty characters that stick to my tongue.

Mouthfeel. Body is creamy and on the fuller side of medium. Not much bitterness, but balanced well. Good amount of carbonation.

Overall, pretty good. I bought this cuz it was on sale. I think it stood the test of time between last christmas and now. It's not one i would buy because it isnt one that particularly sticks out to me, and is expensive. But i do enjoy this bottle...it's getting me ready for the fall/winter seasonals now.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.96/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an English pint glass a clear full golden with a tight fluggy 1 1/2 finger white head that held good lasting power,a nice looking pour with great clarity and a well defined head.Caramel toffee aromas dominate with a hint of lightly roasted nuts hop presence is slight but it has a nice malt profile.A little thin going down but not overly noticeable,malt driven flavors starting out big and buttery with caramel dominant a firm biscuity base stays through a leafy/minty hop presence is there but it takes a backseat really to the malt.I really like the caramelly,nutty aftertaste.I am a hophead but this beer really wore on me as I drank more mildly sweet with good malt complexity.

Photo of RoyalT
3.97/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - This is a crystal clear orange in color with a modest head. The orange has amazing clarity; I felt like I was inspecting an opal or something.

Smell - This has your typical light yeast and bitter malt aroma with a dash of orange liqueur.

Taste - The "strong" comes through as a sharp alcohol flavor reminiscent of again something like an aged orange liqueur. The malts take a back seat to the sweetness and the yeast from the nose pretty much stayed at the nose.

Mouthfeel - This is light, definitely lighter than medium-bodied, with a presence of alcohol warming and little carbonation.

Drinkability - This ale wasn't all that good just considering its individual components, but man oh man for some reason I just couldn't stop drinking it. It was probably the most thirst-quenching "strong ale" that I've ever had.

Update - I had this earlier in the year and while I enjoyed its quaffability I thought it was too boozy to be a really good ale. Well, I popped another bottle towards the end of the year and it was much smoother. Without the distraction of the stinging alcohol, this was a Grade A brew. I raised a few of my scores and put this on my definite "to buy" list.

Photo of Mora2000
2.88/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours orange color with a white head. The aroma is somewhat faint but appears to be mainly caramel malt. The flavor is heavy on the caramel malt with a little bit of hop bitterness. You also get some caramel candy flavor. The finish is somewhat dirty. Thin body and highly carbonated. Not much of a beer.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.28/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appears a pale copper hue with a slight hazed overcast, visually pretty appealing forms a light tan head with fine even bands of lacing. Aroma is super fruity with layers of baked christmas bread and an oak barrel aged cherry syrup back ground note. Earthy herbal hops seem to blend within the style as well, pretty interesting smelling beer. I like the concept of the label and the idea of a reindeer rebelling against Christmas and Santa's Dominion. Flavor as a whole is pretty nondescript English style without too many bells and whistles. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a slightly syrup like finish, even keeled drinkability not outwardly too flavorful. A nice Christmas beer marketing brew with more commercial dollar incentive than substinence.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.12/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a nonic)

A- This beer pours an orange body with a sea of tiny bubbles that race to the surface of a thin head with big bubbles floating on top. The head is antique white and clings to the glass with each sip.

S- The slightly sweet toffee notes take on more caramel notes as the beer opens up and a light buttery diacetyl note comes through with some raw grain and graham notes finishing the aroma.

T- The dry light roasted notes blend with some softer sweet woody toffee notes and a dry finish with a soft bitterness lingers. As the beer warms there is a nice mineral water flavor underneath that comes through.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a slight slippery texture and a soft carbonation in the finish with no alcohol heat noted.

D- The nice aroma is rich and similar to the the softer flavor that comes through. This is a nice beer for quafting in the winter.

Photo of caddybuyer
3.55/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass

A-Attractive glowing copper with filtered clarity and a fairly thin creamy eggshell head.

S-light nose, bready and malty. A hint of fruit. Unremarkable.

D-Nose carries forward into the taste but in a more pronounced way. Bready, slightly sweet caramel malts, a bit of fresh apple and some mild hops on the back end with an astringent bitter finish. I liked it better initially than I did as I went along.

M-Medium mouthfeel with adequate carbonation. Slightly chewy.

D-This is a decent enough beer, but there are better choices out there.

Another average beer from Ridgeway, that always seems to have those fun and whimsical offerings every holiday season. I want to like these, I really do, but they always fall a bit flat. I think this is one of the better ones, but not good enough to give it another try.

Photo of IntriqKen
3.91/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a really pretty crystal clear tea-gold but very little head at all.

Aroma is not very typically British...some sweet malts with a honey back....butter....and light hops.

Taste is toasted amber malt with some dry grain, honey, and citrus hops at the end. A surprising bit of alcohol warmth after you swallow.

Mouthfeel is clean and slightly creamy and aftertaste is of alcohol and grains such as drying wheat.

Interesting Winter Warmer to be sure...most definitely not in an American tradition ... much more subtle and refined such as you would expect from England.

Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light orange with beige foaming head, significant lace. Malty aroma with understated spices. Medium mouthfeel, the caramel malting provides some substance. Easy drinking,it's quite drinkable, with corriander, nutmeg, cinammon. Leaning on the sweet side. Understated carbonation. Worth having the one one time.

Photo of russpowell
3.8/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours bronze/honey with a finger of cream colored head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Biscuitty malt & fruittyness

T: Flinty dryness, biscuitty malt with herbal & citric hops, just a touch of sulphur as well. More of the same as this warms with a kiss of butterscotch that is working in this, plus a kiss of booze & more more hops than I would expect from this style. Finishes with sulphury dryness & fruittyness

Medium bodied with a bit more carbonation than warranted

Drinks easy, I could probably accept this better as a BIPA or even a Pale Ale, reminds me a bit of Theakstons XB, from back in the day.. but tasty enough, better than expected

Photo of beveritt
3.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: My third from this series of, what I am beginning to think, novelty beers. The label depicts a reindeer in tropical attirem drinking a beer at a bar. No visible fresheness date. Poured form the 500 ml bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours with 2 inches of foam that quickly settles into a thick layer of white head. Decent lacing. The beer itself is a honey amber with hints of red. Not quite clear. Some activity is evident.

Smell: Hints of hop spiciness and biscuity malt.

Taste: A mild hop bitterness right upfront that immediately transitions to a slightly metallic, slightly sweet malt body with hints of caramel and grassiness. A little bit citrusy at times. Finishes with some lingering bitterness from the hops.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation, maybe a little high for a typical English ale. Body is good.

Drinkability: I must admit, I came into this review a little jaded, having had two other Christmas beers from Ridgeway and finding them nothing more than crap with a silly label. However, I tried to remain objective and am glad I did. This beer is fairly good, showing some of what I would consider typical indiactors of a solidly made English Ale. I will have to remember to not avoid this one next holiday season.

Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 16.9 oz. bottle. Has a caramel color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is slightly sweet, malts, bready. Taste is malts, nutty, caramel, some hops, a light bitterness.Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall makes for a solid offering.

Photo of puboflyons
3.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From bottle no. F11-237. Sampled on November 26, 2010. The pour is copper-orange with a beige colored bubbly head. Yeast. caramel malts, and a general sweetness are in the aroma. The taste is also pretty sweet with toffee and butterscotch candy. There is also some kind of overripe fruit in the background with a slight hopped finish. Nothing like what I would expect from an English strong ale.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured a medium bright orange with a 2 finger half frothy, half bubbly soft tan head that was fairly well lasting. Visible carbonation was medium, composed of macro-bubbles quickly rising to the surface. Around the edges lied a clingy soapy ring lacing adhering well to the glass wall.

S: The nose was similar to their other xmas ale (Pickled santa) at first with a strong showing of sweet caramel grains, cinnamon spicing and cold apple pie scents being the most distinguishable. Light pear juice notes and nutmeg scents close things out.

T: A big sweetness of fresh caramel candy chew, brown sugar and apple fruitiness first emerges. The sweetness is almost overbearing at times. The best way I can describe the overall flavor is one of maples syrup covered French toast, sweet, bready, with a spicing of nutmeg and cinnamon. There were also moments of bright oranges and some candy sweetness along with a touch of alcohol warming and a soft, dry floral bitterness.

M: The mouthful is medium full in body with a honey consistency. The carbonation has died down by this time leaving you a flat offering here that makes it seem fuller with a slick smooth texture. Your tongue is left with a gentle dry floral coating, almost pollen/powdery like.

D: Drinkability is a mixed bag, starting out interesting but again like their pickled santa was just to sweet, limiting this to a one and done deal. Almost half way through the initial offering you will find yourself slowing down the pace and wanting to check your blood-sugar levels. A pounder is plenty.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.06/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16.9 ounce bottle, served in a Sam Adams BL glass. The beer pours amber/orange with an inch and a half frothy white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. It smells like toasted malt, butterscotch, caramel and hops, but the aroma is weak. It tastes mainly like grain, toasted malt and some grassy hops. Finishes bitter. Not a strong flavor with this beer, but it doesn't taste bad (it's non-offensive). Mouthfeel/body is medium, with above average carbonation. Drinkability is OK. It's not hard to drink, but I can't say I was anticipating my next drink of this either. It's not bad, but there's nothing about it that would make me want to seek it out again. Other than the appearance, it's an average beer. Not worth the price, that's for sure.

Photo of Dukeofearl
3.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Yet another 500 ml bottle that was a Christmas gift as part of the Shelton Bros. English holiday collection from Ridgeway. A 6% "English Christmas Ale".

Pours a decent copper color; healthy carbonation leads to a nice long-lasting head. Aroma of biscuit malts and British hops, decent and enjoyable.

Flavor follows through as a relatively strong British bitter, somewhat mellowed by richer (slightly sweet) malt base and the higher alcohol and I guess the winter spices (although I can't really tell they are there). Nice orange citrus notes (in fact, I had some orange slices on the side of my dinner, and this went well with that).

Enjoyable, I like it, but to me it's not terribly Christmas-y. But to be honest, I'm OK with that.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Its that time of year again, gotta clean out the winter brews! I had this one stashed away so I figured it would be a good time to give it a try. Busted it out last night and it poured a very nice red tinted amber color..Great clarity hear as it was sparkling clear. Very nice. Lots of carbonation apparent trickling up toward the surface. A very nice three finger high head of foam capped off the top and hung around for a good few minutes before settling back to a half inch layer which stayed with it throughout the rest of the session.

The aroma was rather weak for me. Typical English ale with a huge malt bill attached to it. Lotso of bready notes here coing through now with that deep musty like smell, like wet hey it would seem at times. The flavor followed it up almost perfectl with a solid offering of english malts, and a nice little bit of hop bitterness, albeit not much, but just enough to give it some depth. Lots of musky wet earthy flavors here as well coming through, with the finish being very nice and drawn out which suprised me. Great carbonation never really let it die down at all and gave the light bodied feel a little more depth. Excellent session ale as it was crisp and clean with a great finish and no detectable alcohol flavor at all. I could have drank this one for the rest of the night.

Overall not half bad. I am not the biggest fan of the style, but I thought this was rather solid. I dont know if I would buy it again, but if I had no alternative, certainly a good call.

Photo of Squelch
3.73/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours crystal clear amber with a huge off white head. Lots of lacing. Head lasts a while.

Smell: Hops Hops Hops. Good use of aroma hops here. Slight malt aroma in the background

Taste: Hops up front. finishes clean with a toasted malt flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Low carbonation. Nothing special

Drinkablity: Good beer to have with a meal. I would buy again.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ridgeway’s Reindeer’s Revolt has a medium, soapy, cream-colored head and a somewhat hazy amber appearance, with pretty thick lacing left behind and a few streaming bubbles. The aroma is mild, but one can detect hay, citrus, sweetness, and bread. Taste is of sweet barley malt, hop bitterness at the back end, caramel, and toffee. Mouthfeel is medium and soft, and Reindeer’s Revolt finishes fairly crisp, semi-dry, and it has high drinkability. Overall, this is good, and I certainly think it’s worth a try.

RJT

Photo of metter98
3.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellowish amber in color and poured with a two finger high off white head that slowly died down and left a thin layer of bubbles consistently covering the surface. A moderate amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There are moderate aromas of bready malts, caramel, toffee and raisins in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and prominently features flavors of caramel and bready malts.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a bit watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer isn't difficult to drink, although I can't see myself having more than one of these in a sitting.

Photo of tvv375ia
3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from 16.9oz bottle into imperial pint glass

A-fairly clear dark ochre with about a 2 finger head that leaves a little lcaing as it fades

S-lots of bready malts with a touch of dark fruits and a little carmel

T-bready character comes through here also with faint carmel and just on the fnish a bit of orange citrus

M-good carbonation but pretty light bodied

O-nothing in it that really makes it seem like a christmas beer to me, it is light enough that it can be had most of the year without feeling heavy

Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.21/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light golden/amber color with ample head and some patchy lacing.

Smell is rather plain, mostly malty with a slight sweet aroma, not much spice for a holiday ale.

Taste is rather similar to the smell, malty with not much spice, rather disappointing considering the cool label, it is slick and buttery and goes down smoothly but that's the best part.

Photo of mountdew1
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a dark golden amber color with a thick milky white head. Head clung to the side extremely well. Aroma was banana and white bread and small amounts of sweetness. Taste was slightly hoppy bitter with a very small amount of citrus after flavor. Felt a bit thin in the mouth, slighty over carbonated. Slow sipper, but not by choice, just wasn't very drinkable.

Photo of damndirtyape
3.24/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500mL bottle poured into a Tulip Stout glass. No date on the bottle.

Appearance: Mostly clear copper-amber. There is a slight haze to this beer. A dense light orange-white head upon pouring dies back to a thin soapy head across the top. Persistent tiny strands and dots of lacing noted.

Smell: Odd. Cooked veggie and sulfurous at times. Not very appealing. With a swirl though some other more pleasant smells come through, a bit flowery hops against the other smells. Still not great though.

Taste: Bitter, with some buttery malt underneath. A bit of mineral twang at the end. There are English bittering hops in abundance here, with some strong tea-like bitterness noted.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation. A bit sticky on the teeth. Otherwise nothing special.

Overall / Drinkability: It's alright, but I've had much better strong ales. In fact, other than the higher ABV, I'd classify this as a bitter or an English Pale Ale before I'd call it a strong ale. Not good enough to get again (again, not a great smell, just okay in the other categories) but is strangely drinkable. I finished this off rather quickly despite the smell. I found it went quite well with food and maybe that is what makes it drinkable. Good for washing down a meal, not good on its own. So overall average and maybe slightly below average, but strangely drinkable. Go figure.

Photo of Zorro
3.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear copper colored ale with a smallish tan colored head.

The smell is herbal and buttery with a strong bread aroma. Hops are herbal and not all that strong. Nice toffee and toasted grain aroma.

The taste starts of malty but not that sweet with a toast and mild bitterness. Mostly this is just mild. If this has a weakness more taste would be nice.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Exceptional drinkability easy to drink mass quantities of this one.

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Reindeer's Revolt from Ridgeway Brewing
77 out of 100 based on 131 ratings.